09 Oct. 15


By: Mulweli Thavhanyedza and Immanuel Mushavhela

The Fourth National General Council (NGC) of African National Congress (ANC) is under way in Gallagher Estates, Midrand Gauteng from the 9th October until the 11th of October 2015.

The NGC is a forum where the ANC review its progress and challenges they come across. It is amongst the largest political schools of the ANC. It has always been a platform to engage on critical issues facing South Africans, investors, alliances and the movement.

The National General Council takes place every 5 years. It is convened to assess implementation of ANC resolutions from conference, their adoption into government policy and translation into programmes. The NGC does not change policy; it reviews implementation of resolutions, adjust programmes to deal with challenges, and identify areas where new policy is needed.

According to the statement issued by ANC General Secretary Gwede Mantashe, “the 4th National General Council will be attended by 4094 delegates with a minimum of 90% of all provinces from branches of the ANC”. Other categories of delegates include the variety of ANC Leagues, Alliance Partners, the NEC, PECs and RECs; as well as Umkhonto WeSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA).

“We are also honoured by the confirmation of attendance by Izithwalandwe Comrades Kathrada, Mlangeni and Mme Shope. Other stalwarts including members of the Integrity Committee have also been invited”, said Mantashe.

“As it is our tradition within the ANC, we have also invited fraternal organisations, notably the Former Liberation Movements – MPLA (Angola), ZANU-PF (Zimbabwe), CCM (Tanzania), FRELIMO (Mozambique) and SWAPO (Namibia) who have confirmed their attendance. We also expect in attendance representatives of the BRICS embassies – Brazil, Russia, India and China.  Cadres deployed in government and members of the business community make up the balance of delegates to the NGC”, he added.

The President of the ANC, Comrade Jacob Zuma, will deliver the political report. General Secretary Gwede Mantashe will present organisational report. The Treasurer-General Zweli Mkhize will deliver the Financial Report to the NGC.

The NGC will also be attended by the Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete and other Ministers in the President Cabinet such as Nathi Mthethwa and J Radebe.